LETTER: Giving up my job over trains

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On Saturday, July 30, I travelled from Eastbourne to Brighton by train. It was formed of two carriages so by the time the train pulled in from Hastings it was heaving. By the time it reached Polegate it was almost impossible to get on.

By Lewes people couldn’t get on. No staff at either station that I could see and barriers open so I guess a lot travelled without paying.

At Brighton the excess-ticket office wasn’t open anyway. It was so unpleasant I returned by bus despite it taking an hour and a half.

I have taught in Harrow at the University of Westminster from October to December for the past eight years so have to travel from Eastbourne to Victoria. This year I have decided to give up the job (although I loved it) because I can’t take the stress of travelling on Southern Rail trains any more. The last time I came back from London it took me five hours. And although it is a spit in the ocean for the Treasury no income means I will be paying no taxes (and it was a highly paid job).

I feel really sorry for those that have to commute every day, it is completely intolerable. Well done Southern Rail. Another person giving up work because of your disgraceful service. This is the 21st century isn’t it?

Nigel Baldwin

St John’s Road

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